ARWIND Santos insisted he didn’t flop, but admitted to employing some theatrics in an entanglement with Joshua Smith in the fourth quarter of San Miguel Beer’s 102-97 loss to TNT KaTropa in Game Four that knotted the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at two games each.
Santos was called for a flagrant foul 1 after a hit on the TNT import’s head with eight minutes and 22 seconds left in the game, to which the TNT import retaliated with a shove that took the SMB forward down.
Santos took some time lying on the floor to recover from the hit, before getting up and sitting on the bench for three minutes.
“Di naman flop, may tama talaga,” Santos insisted. “Di naman ako kagaya kay Mick Pennisi na awkward umarte.”
The SMB star was obviously referring to Pennisi’s hilarious delayed fall reaction after Petron import Will McDonald threw the ball at his head in their game – that Santos was also a part of – in the 2012 season.
In this case, Santos stressed that Smith hit him above the shoulder – reason for him to admittedly selling the call a bit.
“Yung akin, yung mga ganung sitwasyon, pwede talagang tawagan, above the shoulder, tumama talaga, dumaplis, kaya inarte ko,” Santos admitted. “Kailangan sa basketball player, pwede ka rin mag-artista paminsan minsan.”
“Pero yung flop ko, sa pisikalan biglang nagpapatumba, yun yung flopper di marunong dumepensa ng one-on-one, nagpapatumba, ako never ko ginawa yun,” the former MVP was quick to add. “Yung kanina kasi, nakita ko nag punch siya, kaya ko inarte kasi siyempre malaking bagay rin yung (kung tinawag), mawawala siya.”
But Santos complained that Smith, who was called for a technical foul, didn't get whistled for a flagrant as well.
“Nirereklamo ko nga kasi nagulat ako pa binigyan ng (flagrant),” Santos said. “Di lang talaga solid pero nadaplisan talaga ako sa tenga. Above the shoulder pa rin yung, kung tinawagan mo ako ng FFP1, dapat siya rin. Yun lang yung punto namin.”